Chamber Ready for Stampede

The Buffalo Chamber of Commerce met Thursday, July 25th for their regular monthly meeting. President Corey Theiss presided. The meeting was held at the new Civic Center because of the work on repairs and upgrades at the old Civic Center.

Most of the meeting dealt with preparations for the Buffalo Stampede that will be held September 20th and 21st in connection with the Cullen Pickett PRCA Rodeo. All activities, except the Stampede Parade, will take place at the Leon County Expo Center.

The Pickett Rodeo has partnered with the County 4H Program to sell tickets, and Pickett will also host a Calf Scramble on September 20th. There are approximately 400 young people involved in 4H throughout the county.

Chamber Members Tommy Neyland, Chase Glick, and Chad Rudani will again be in charge of the Stampede Parade. The parade will follow the same route it has done for several years, ending at Harriman Park.

Chamber Secretary Sue Pittman noted that vendors are calling to reserve spots for the Stampede. This year, vendors are not being charged a fee to set up their booth for the Stampede.

Phillip Bounds reported on the status of the Barbeque Cook Off that will start on September 20th with the judging held on the 21st. In addition to the cook off, a Margarita contest and a Salsa contest has been added.

The Chamber voted to spend up to $2,500 for additions to the two banners advertising the Stampede on Interstate 45 and to purchase a banner for the intersection of Highway 75 and Highway 79.

Members present for the meeting were Corey Theiss, Sue Pittman, Stacy McCeig, Susan Wilder, Ed Chatterly, Kenneth Oliver, Samantha Jones, Phillip Bounds, Calvin and Pat Williams, Ken Jones, Pam Stroud, Parthena Moore Newsom, Chase Glick, and Shirley and Carrol Perry.

Guests in attendance were Mayor Jerrod Jones, BEDC Director Mike Anderson, and Martha Jones. Lunch was provided by Pam Stroud.